Hundreds of women gathered at the United Nations on Friday for the third-annual Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED), which is held to honor and empower women and girls around the world working on becoming their own bosses.
The fact that the highest glass ceiling in America has yet to be breached was not lost on many of the event's attendees. Some pondered what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss to President-elect Donald Trump might mean for their burgeoning businesses.
"Trump is kind of a wild card and it remains to be seen what might happen," said attendee Christa Ventikos, founder of Ventikos Associates, an executive recruitment company. "He is pro-business, which is a good thing, but I also think he will make a lot of changes to this world."
Others, like Laura Gallagher, president of public relations firm The Creative Company in Madison, Wisconsin, acknowledged that this is a "complex time" in American history, adding that she is pro-business and pro-women.
"I read 'The Art of the Deal' in 1989 when I started my company, and I was inspired," Gallagher said. "What will happen, I don't know, but I know in my way and in my own world I am going to do things to move forward. I will not sit and wait for someone else to solve the problem — I will be the change."